University of Oklahoma MD gets Ethics Reprimand

Apr 29, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma ethics panel has reprimanded a University of Oklahoma doctor for accepting money from a company registered as a lobbying principal with the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to admonish Dr. Damian Laber.

According to the discipline report, Laber took $27,800 in speaking fees from Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Agency in 2010.

Laber says he was unaware of a $100 annual limit that a state employee can receive from companies that hire lobbyists and provide money to buy things of value to influence state employees and legislators.

University spokeswoman Catherine Bishop says Laber 's contract isn't being renewed.

The Ethics Commission report notes that Laber's conduct wasn't intentional.

A telephone listing couldn't be found Saturday for Laber.